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Cool Bus celebrate first for their electric transfer fleet

Cool Bus celebrate first for their electric transfer fleet

Earlier this week the transfer company Cool Bus shared these great photos of eight vehicles simultaneously charging at their Bourg St Maurice base. It’s been seven years since the company bought their first electric vehicles. We have previously reported about the upgrades to their fleet. A lot of work to get to this point Founder...
New EV transfer options from Ski Lifts

New EV transfer options from Ski Lifts

Transfer company Ski Lifts has extended their eco-friendly transfer options to cover over 100 ski destinations, exclusively using electric or hybrid vehicles. The new fleet includes Tesla Model X, Mercedes V-class EQV and the BMW i7. Other vehicles used include the Mercedes S-class, Mercedes E-class Hybrid and Toyota RAV 4 hybrid. Same cost for EV...
Case Study: London to Les 2 Alpes by train

Case Study: London to Les 2 Alpes by train

In January 2024, Iain presenter of The Ski Podcast and founder of Ski Flight Free, travelled from London to Les 2 Alpes by train. “This was a first for me, as while I’ve travelled to Switzerland and the Tarentaise in France on many occasions, this was my first train journey to the Southern French Alps.” 08:01 (GMT)...
SkiStar to expand fleet of electric snowmobiles

SkiStar to expand fleet of electric snowmobiles

SkiStar, the largest ski resort operator in Scandinavia is expanding its fleet of electric snowmobiles. The company has teamed up with Taiga, who provided electric snowmobiles for a trial at the resort of Sälen in Sweden in 2022. “In addition to using the machines for ski patrol and other mountain operations, we will be offering our guests...
25% lift pass discount if you travel by train to the Vialattea in Italy

25% lift pass discount if you travel by train to the Vialattea in Italy

The Vialattea ski area – also known by some Brits as the ‘Milky Way’ – has joined resorts like Morzine and La Rosiere in offering a lift pass discount to skiers arriving by train. The ltalian-French region has announced a new partnership agreement with Trenitalia, the main Italian train company. ‘Official Green Carrier’ Trenitalia has been...
Take paid ‘Journey Days’ via Climate Perks

Take paid ‘Journey Days’ via Climate Perks

While train travel to the Alps may not be more expensive than flying, it does normally take longer. Perhaps that has put you off taking the train to a ski resort, particularly on a shorter break. With a limited amount of holiday available, why use up some of your valuable days simply by travelling to...
Take the Snow Train to Geneva?

Take the Snow Train to Geneva?

According to Eurotunnel, direct trains from London to Geneva could be an option before the end of this decade. Yann Leriche, the chief executive of Getlink, the company that runs the tunnel, has been quoted saying that he expects new entrants to compete with Eurostar on the cross-channel route. Eurostar only company to offer trains...
Case Study: New (2023) Eurostar 'Snow Train'

Case Study: New (2023) Eurostar ‘Snow Train’

On 16 December 2023, I was invited to trial the new Eurostar Snow Train service by Inghams Ski, who are offering ski holidays packaged with train travel and transfers using the new service. This is a very significant step from Eurostar, having cancelled the previously successful service in 2020. So what was the new train...
Why I’m taking the Flight Free Challenge in 2024

Why I’m taking the Flight Free Challenge in 2024

Since I founded Ski Flight Free four years ago, I have substantially cut down on my flights, but I haven’t managed to stop flying completely. Admittedly one flight was rolled over from lockdown and another was to visit my elderly mum in Australia, but in 2024 I am committing to the ‘Flight Free Challenge’ –...
Airlines found by ASA to be 'greenwashing' with dishonest ads

Airlines found by ASA to be ‘greenwashing’ with dishonest ads

Kudos to Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority for ruling this week that adverts by three airlines were simply greenwashing. The ASA concluded that adverts by Air France, Etihad and Lufthansa were misleading when they used phrases such as ‘committed to protecting the environment’ and helping customers to ‘fly more sustainably’. “No initiatives…that would adequately substantiate absolute...
Cut your emissions travelling by coach to the Alps with Snow Express

Cut your emissions travelling by coach to the Alps with Snow Express

Another alternative to flying to your ski holiday is travelling by coach. Coach travel to the Alps is a great way to reduce the carbon footprint of your ski holiday while often being cheaper than train travel or driving, especially at peak season. Many skiers and snowboarders might only have travelled by coach to a...
Laax introduces a gondola that you can summon up like an Uber

Laax introduces a gondola that you can summon up like an Uber

This winter, the resort of Laax in Switzerland is introducing the world’s first ski lift that can be summoned ‘on demand’. The new CHF80 million lift addresses the inherent inefficiency of traditional gondola that sees cabins continually rotate regardless of whether they have any occupants. The ‘FlemXpress’ will send cabins only on request. Energy use...